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eVTOL aircraft research to be spearheaded by Aurora, Zurich University team


March 26, 2024

Dan Taylor

Technology Editor

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ZURICH, Switzerland. A joint initiative between Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) School of Engineering and Aurora Swiss Aerospace is advancing research in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, Aurora announced in a statement.

The collaboration, launched in September 2023, focuses on modeling and simulation methods for complex aircraft development, including certification and continued airworthiness, the statement reads. This project, known as Model-SI, is supported by the European Union’s Horizon Europe program.

Under the partnership, Aurora Swiss will provide ZHAW with flight testing services using the SKIRON-X aircraft, an eVTOL model that is instrumental in validating ZHAW's digital twin model of VTOL technology, the statement reads. SKIRON-X, an electrically powered aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing, offers a blend of eVTOL simplicity and fixed-wing aircraft endurance, suitable for various applications including research, firefighting, and intelligence missions, the company says.

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